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Question Built PC in 2014, I've been out of the game for a while. Should I upgrade off what I have or start new build?

SamdalabonaHD

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Hi Guys,
I built this PC in 2014 and I haven't really looked at components/upgrade/what's out there since.

Running into a few performance issues at the minute - Randomly freezes, cannot handle big Adobe Premier/Photoshop files, ran out of C Drive Storage

I'll post my specs below but should I upgrade or go for a new build? Just looking for some guidance as I haven't been in the game for a while and not sure what's out there right now.


Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45-GAMING ATX Motherboard (Intel Z87, 4x DDR3, DVI, HDMI, 6x USB3.0, GBE LAN, LGA1150 Socket)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.50GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770K, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Bo
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
RAM: Corsair CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Red
Graphics CARD: GEFORCE GTX 770


I was looking at getting a Mac for on the go work, but my computer is dying out and I need it for video/photo editing and streaming.

What are your thoughts? I'd love some advice.
 

ProgamerIV

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This is not an unusable rig at all even today, unless you really want to do serious work with it.

You probably need a fresh Win10 install to start with.
I would put some more storage in there, too - 120GB gets filled very fast, and SSDs don't perform well when nearly full. The condition of the SSD is also worth a check (use HDSentinel) - it could be going bad.

The motherboard, CPU, memory are not bad even by today's standards, unless you want to do really heavy work, you could do with this for a while.
How big are your video editing projects? If you work with raw formats and high resolutions, you may experience major hick-ups with this CPU today.
If you're not working that seriously with video projects, and can do with longer render times, you will be fine. This CPU is still better or at least as good at this kind of work as i5 CPUs were until 7th gen, and that was not so long ago.

The GPU probably needs an upgrade, though. If you do production work more than gaming, you shouldn't stay away from AMD cards.
 

Gerald6049

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Hi Guys,
I built this PC in 2014 and I haven't really looked at components/upgrade/what's out there since.

Running into a few performance issues at the minute - Randomly freezes, cannot handle big Adobe Premier/Photoshop files, ran out of C Drive Storage

I'll post my specs below but should I upgrade or go for a new build? Just looking for some guidance as I haven't been in the game for a while and not sure what's out there right now.


Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45-GAMING ATX Motherboard (Intel Z87, 4x DDR3, DVI, HDMI, 6x USB3.0, GBE LAN, LGA1150 Socket)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (120mm)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.50GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770K, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Bo
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
RAM: Corsair CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R Vengeance Pro Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866Mhz CL9 XMP Performance Desktop Memory Kit Red
Graphics CARD: GEFORCE GTX 770


I was looking at getting a Mac for on the go work, but my computer is dying out and I need it for video/photo editing and streaming.

What are your thoughts? I'd love some advice.
Your systems still worthy . Just upgrade the GPU.
 

logainofhades

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If this work is serious, then it is probably a good idea to go new. Even a midrange cpu, like a ryzen 3600, would run circles around your 4770k, in those non gaming workloads.

Assuming you have a quality power supply, a new GPU, and a bigger capacity SSD would be something you could get now, before going whole hog into a new rig. At least those could be carried over, into a new system, if your performance is still not sufficient, for your needs.

How much of a budget, do you have, for a new build?
 

SamdalabonaHD

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Hi Guys, thanks for the feedback!

In terms of load on the PC, I never game on here, if I do it is sporadic and nothing too intense!
My workload is mainly around 4k video editing, cutting down hours worth of footage. Editing RAW photos which are 30+ megapixels (Photoshop files can be huge) and then streaming gaming (pulling in footage from console)

Budget wise I have at least £2000 to commit, but as I was considering £3200 for a macbook, I guess I have more.


I am unsure on the on the Power Supply I have hence why I didn't list it, but it is 650W.

In agreement I should probably upgrade the SSD. As this is what my operating system is on, what is the easiest way to do this?
I don't want to lose any of my programmes/don't have original install disks but have heard just copying across could bring over all the crap that's on here.

Also in terms of upgrading the graphics card is this as easy as just swapping it out?
Thanks
 

Gerald6049

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I don't want to lose any of my programmes/don't have original install disks but have heard just copying across could bring over all the crap that's on here.
Well you can, there is a few program that can make you duplicate your systems, from the old drive into your new drive.

Also in terms of upgrading the graphics card is this as easy as just swapping it out?
Just like that, but you have to make sure clean uninstall your previous GPU driver before install the new GPU driver. In some cases the systems have a conflict driver causing performance issue and some errors.
 

ProgamerIV

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Well, if you have that much to spend, and you put that money aside for a new workstation PC, you should probably go new. No point investing more into this rig if you do such heavy work.

For that amount, you could get a good workstation PC with something like a Ryzen 7 3rd gen.
 

Flayed

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This would be a really nice new workstation build:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor (£394.71 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£79.99 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£179.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£304.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket 4.0 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£359.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS GP OC Video Card (£398.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Currys PC World)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£96.99 @ Currys PC World)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan (£20.75 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan (£20.75 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan (£20.75 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1967.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-29 15:10 BST+0100
 

Flayed

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Modified to include more storage:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor (£394.71 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£79.99 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£109.97 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£304.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£239.99 @ AWD-IT)
Storage: Western Digital Gold 8 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£249.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS GP OC Video Card (£398.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.99 @ Currys PC World)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£96.99 @ Currys PC World)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan (£20.75 @ Amazon UK)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap 54.97 CFM 120 mm Fan (£20.75 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £2006.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-29 15:28 BST+0100
 

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